Public Law Children

“An outstanding family set.”
Legal 500

Our reputation

1KBW is committed to public law children work, and we are widely acknowledged to be leaders in this field, with specialist Queen’s Counsel and highly rated junior counsel appearing in many of the leading cases in this area.

Members of 1KBW edit and contribute to leading textbooks such as Hershman and McFarlane, Children Law and Practice, and McFarlane and Reardon, Child Care and Adoption Law: A Practical Guide.

Our expertise

We are regularly briefed on all forms of public law proceedings from the FPC to the High Court and appellate courts. We represent parents and children, acting through the Official Solicitor and the Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS). We are also regularly instructed by local authorities.

We can provide specialist counsel at every level of seniority (including Queen’s Counsel) with a stellar reputation in public law children work:

  • Cases concerning serious allegations of abuse (non accidental injury, sexual misconduct, emotional abuse)
  • Medico legal cases – declarations on the treatment of adults under disability, life support cases, sterilisation, non-therapeutic surgery, treatment of children (including HIV positive cases)
  • Cases involving issues relating to education
  • Adoption and international adoption
  • Injunctive relief
  • Special Guardianship

The Public Law Children team

Deborah Eaton QC (1985)

Pamela Scriven QC (1970)

Richard Anelay QC (1970)

Anthony Kirk QC (1981)
Clive Newton QC (1968)

Frank Feehan QC (1988)

Anna McKenna QC (1994)

Caroline Budden (1977)
Cherry Harding (1978)

Markanza Cudby (1983)

Marcus Fletcher (1990)
Victoria Green (1994)
Graham Crosthwaite (1995)
Ashley Thain (1996)
Madeleine Reardon (2001)
Martha Holmes (2003)
Caroline Harris (2004)
Andrea Watts (2006)

Kate Ozwell (2007)

Katy Chokowry (2003)

Kelan McHugh (2007)

Thomas Dance (2012)

Helen Pomeroy (2012)
Frances Harris (2013)

Millicent Benson (2014)

Lucia Crimp (2015)